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Latané Temple papers, [ca. 1934]-1983

Temple, Latane, 1914-

Collector, Painter, Author


Collection Information

Size: 1.2 Linear feet, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Journals; sketchbooks; art works; inventory of art investments; material relating to donations given to museums and institutions; photographs; writings; a file on the Houston Artists' Forum; exhibition catalogs; and announcements.
REEL 3120: Five journals, 1967-1982, containing a log of Temple's personal goals and objectives, philosophy of life, personal experiences and relationships, and his reactions to political events in the United States and abroad. The journals also include accounts of Temple's painting, writing and trips to Mexico, Europe and Kenya, writings, sketches, and illustrations.
REELS 3123-3124: 1 exhibition announcement, ca. 1976, for a show at Katy Nail Gallery, Houston, Texas; writings; a file on the Houston Artists' Forum, 1969, consisting of printed material about meetings, a list of names and RSVP cards for meeting attendance. The Houston Artists' Forum, co-founded by Temple, was formed to promote increased communication between Houston's sculptors and painters;
8 journals, 1956-1982, containing sketches and thoughts; a list and inventory of his art investments, 1968-1979; correspondence, receipts, printed material, and appraisal reports relating to books, magazines, paintings, and Pre-Columbian and African ethnographic artifacts donated to the Texas Memorial Museum, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, and other institutions, 1975-1983; 2 exhibition and auction catalogs in Temple's collection; 6 sketchbooks, undated and 1955-1978; ca. 300 sketches, drawings, caricatures, prints and watercolors; 2 photos of Temple, ca. 1980; and 3 photos of locales taken by Temple, 1954-1957. The correspondence relating to Temple's gifts to institutions includes a letter and typescript of a letter to Monsieur Duportius from Le Pce de Talleyrand, December 16, 1829.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, collector and writer; Galveston and Houston, Tex.


Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Lent for microfilming 1983 by Latane Temple. 20 items on reel 3123 were donated, including published writings and file on Houston Artists' Forum.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3120 & 3123-3124 available for use through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

How to Cite This Collection

Latané Temple papers, [ca. 1934]-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.